The Indiana Pacers’ latest losing streak continues.
C.J. Watson missed a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer.
The Pacers (15-30) have now lost seven consecutive games, their latest skid in a season with three extended funks. They lost six in a row after a season-opening home win against Philadelphia then endured an eight-game losing streak from Nov. 29 to Dec. 13.
Miami (19-24) had a 54-37 halftime lead before the Pacers rallied in the second half. Indiana outscored the Heat 27-21 in the third quarter and 23-14 in the fourth only to fall short.
The Pacers, who were Eastern Conference finalists with the No. 1 seed last season, have dropped to 13th in the 15-team conference.
The close loss is nothing new. The Pacers are 7-15 in games decided by seven points or less. This latest losing streak began with a 93-92 loss on a last-second basket at Philadelphia on Jan. 13.
Indiana then lost 110-101 at home to Minnesota, 98-96 at home to Detroit, 80-71 in overtime at Charlotte, 110-98 at Houston and 110-91 at Atlanta, the latter two days ago.
Heat forward Luol Deng led all scorers with 23 points. Chris Bosh added 19 and Wade had 13 for Miami.
Indiana shot just 41 percent (32-of-78), including 3-of-15 (20 percent) from 3-point range. Miami shot 48 percent (36-of-75), including 4-of-17 (24 percent) from 3-point range.
The Pacers tried to make up the difference at the foul line. Indiana made 20-of-23 free throws to Miami’s 13-of-15.
Both teams committed 18 turnovers.
The Pacers conclude a five-game road trip Sunday at the Orlando Magic (15-31) before returning to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a five-game homestand.
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